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Hammers, Nails, Lumber…

Monday, November 11th, 2013
ETBU students help put up a wall at an all woman build for Habitat for Humanity Marshall.  Photo by Lisa Seeley.

ETBU female students put up a wall at a build for Habitat for Humanity Marshall. Photo by Lisa Seeley.

Hammers, nails, and lumber instead of text books, smart phones, and tablets were in the hands of 14 female East Texas Baptist University students this past Saturday (Nov. 9) in Marshall. 

ETBU male and female students involved in a Habitat for Humanity project in Marshall is not something new. What makes the latest build different is the volunteer base is all women.  It is the first ever women’s build for Habitat for Humanity Marshall.

According to ETBU Director of the Great Commission Center Dr. Lisa Seeley, “We were there helping to put up the walls of the house.  It was awesome!”

Last week members of the local chapter were on campus participating in ETBU’s Mission Marketplace to seek out volunteers.  Only requirements for volunteers are a good hammer and nail pouch, and if you don’t have one, Habitat for Humanity Marshall has plenty.   

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live.  The homes that the ministry builds are simple, decent and affordable to low-income families.

The all women build is the 12th Habitat For Humanity project in Marshall.   Dr. Seeley shared, “We will be back out there this Saturday at 8:00 a.m.”

For more information on Habitat for Humanity Marshall, click here.

Leadership Principles From the Coaching Box

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
Members of the 2013 American Southwest Conference Championship Tiger softball team receive their championship rings. Photo: Ryan Perry

Members of the 2013 American Southwest Conference Championship Tiger softball team receive their championship rings. Photo: Ryan Perry

“Common Call” magazine is published monthly by the Baptist Standard.  The October edition features stories of leaders.  On pages 12-13 of the magazine East Texas Baptist University head softball coach Janae Shirley is featured.

Here is the text of the article written by Ken Camp:

Janae Shirley has served as head softball coach at her alma mater, ETBU, six seasons. Under her leadership, the Tigers have posted a 141-45 record. In 2010, her team won the program’s first national championship, and she and her staff were named NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year.

She and her husband, Guy, have one son, Carter, and another child due in December. They are members of Immanuel Baptist Church in Marshall.

As coach, several leadership principles guide her:

(1) Lead by example. She recognizes the decisions young women make between age 18 and 22 can shape the course of their lives. “I want to be a godly influence in their lives,” she said. She wants them to understand femininity and athleticism are not mutually exclusive. She seeks to model professionalism and also allow her players to see her as a wife, mother and Christian young woman. “I try to open my life up to my girls and be a good example.”

(2) Work hard for long-term goals. Delay gratification. “Winning is fun, but it’s also hard work- and sometimes hard work is not fun,” she tells her team. “Work hard now, and payoff comes later.”

(3) Focus on what can be controlled. Mistakes happen, and she does not scold players for strikeouts or errors-unless they are due to lack of effort. “Control what you can control-your attitude and your effort.”

The 2013 Tigers won the American Southwest Conference championship and the team recently received their championship rings.

Dr. Day Elected Officer of SWACJ

Thursday, October 10th, 2013
ETBU Criminal Justice students recently attended the 2013 Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice (SWACJ) Annual Meeting held in San Antonio. Pictured from left to right are: Jordan Anderson, Christopher Hendrix, Halie Melot, Dyllon Morrin, Stormie Raines, Ashley Morris, Florentino Perez, Jonathan Burkhart, and Cayden Cunniff.

ETBU Criminal Justice students recently attended the 2013 Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice (SWACJ) Annual Meeting held in San Antonio. Pictured from left to right are: Jordan Anderson, Christopher Hendrix, Halie Melot, Dyllon Morrin, Stormie Raines, Ashley Morris, Florentino Perez, Jonathan Burkhart, and Cayden Cunniff.

ETBU Assistant Professor and Director of Criminal Justice Dr. George Day has been elected 2nd Vice President of the Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice (SWACJ) during their annual meeting held in San Antonio recently. Then during the 2015-2016 academic year, he will serve as the president of SWACJ. This is the first time that a faculty member from a faith based institution has served as president of the association. 

While at the SWACJ, the ETBU Quiz Bowl and Crime Scene Interpretation teams both won second place in their respective competitions.

The quiz bowl team consisted of: sophomore Jordan Anderson of Beckville, sophomore Halie Melot of Blossom, freshman Stormie Rains of Jacksonville, senior Florentino Perez of Marshall, and senior Cayden Cunniff of Joshua. The CSI team consisted of: Cunniff, senior Jonathan Burkhart of Oceanside, Calif., junior Christopher Hendrix of Marshall, and sophomore Dyllon Morin of Longview.

For more information on the Criminal Justice Program at ETBU, click here

2013 Senior Class Gift

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013
Class of 2013 graduate Brad Mashburn stands with President Dub Oliver under the new archway marking the entrance to the University.  Photo: Ryan Perry

Class of 2013 graduate Brad Mashburn stands with President Dub Oliver under the new archway marking the entrance to the University. Photo: Ryan Perry

The ETBU graduating class of 2013 has given back to its alma mater a gift that will be seen by many in the years to come. The gift is an archway located at the main entrance to the campus. The archway spells out East Texas Baptist University in Tiger gold and is trimmed in navy blue with the seals of the University displayed.

            “I wanted my class to give something back because I wanted us to have pride in our alma mater when we come back to visit,” said Brad Mashburn, who served as Student Government Association president for the 2012-2013 academic year and graduated this past May.

Read the full story by clicking here.

Tigers Move-In Tradition Continues

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013
ETBU President Dr. Dub Oliver and others help a new student to move-in.

ETBU President Dr. Dub Oliver and others help a new student to move-in.

Move-in Day for first time freshmen and transfer students is an event on the ETBU campus that is looked forward to each year.  Staff, faculty and student leaders serve together to help the new Tigers move belongings from the vehicle to the dorm room. Also helping welcome the new Tigers to the Hill are members from local churches. Local churches set up booths on the Quad handing out corn dogs, bar-b-q sandwiches, cookies, ice cream, water, and other items.

Jimmy Isaacs, a reporter from CBS19-TV, did a story on the new Tigers moving in. Click here to watch the story that aired on the Tyler TV station.

ETBU Professor of Computer Science Bill Mills said, “I think move-in day is a wonderful expression of gratitude from ETBU to the students.  It is a tangible way for us to let them know that we are glad they chose our university and that we will go out of our way to make sure that they get a quality education.”

Fall classes began August 19.

ETBU students, faculty spread globally for summer

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Logo and 3 EsMay Term at ETBU was a great opportunity for students to study abroad, if they choose. This past term, students traveled with ETBU professors to five continents: Asia, Africa, South America, Europe and North America.

In China, Dr. Kathleen Mays led one group in studying international business. A 2nd group studied ecology and ecological management led by Dr. Roy Darville. Mark Yates led a 3rd group engaging in a cultural exchange.

In Ethiopia, Dr. Elijah Brown led students in studying the History of Christianity in Africa.

In Ecuador, Dr. Catherine Cone and Connie Wyszynski co-led in teaching Global Community Health.

In England, Dr. Cassie Falke taught British Romanticism literature to ETBU students.

In Israel, President Dr. Dub Oliver and Dr. Israel Nandamudi led a group to the Holy Land focusing on the History, Politics and Religion of Israel.

What an experience for the students that will be a memory for a lifetime.

Read about experiences in Israel, Ethiopia, and Ecuador by clicking on the appropriate link.

 

To read about ETBU Students Journey to Israel to Study Culture, Politics, click here.

 

To read about ETBU Students Travel to Ethiopia, click here.

 

To read about ETBU Students Combine Study, Ministry In Ecuador, click here.

 

To read about ETBU Students Overcome Travel Obstacles While In Ecuador, click here.

 

ETBU runs for Boston

Friday, April 26th, 2013
Ryan C. Perry/ETBU Photo Natalie Bach-Prather, right, and Susie Oliver run during the "Run for Boston" tribute at ETBU.

Ryan C. Perry/ETBU Photo
Natalie Bach-Prather, right, and Susie Oliver run during the “Run for Boston” tribute at ETBU.

A week after the bombings at the Boston Marathon, East Texas Baptist University honored the fallen victims with a “Run for Boston.”  Natalie Bach-Prather, the ETBU head cross country coach, put the event together to remember that day in Boston. Bach Prather finished the race in 3:29.44, and she left the bombing scene minutes before the explosions.

“Today we ran four loops in honor of each victim and had great support from the students and ETBU faculty and staff.  Each lap is in memory and honor of the people that lost their lives last week in Boston,” Bach-Prather said.  “We had several professors come out, and our President Dr. Oliver and his wife participated, too.”

More than 40 people participated in the run.

Read the full story, here.

ETBU breaks ground on Centennial Hall

Friday, April 26th, 2013

etbu centennial hall groundbreaking 3Students, faculty, staff, trustees and friends of East Texas Baptist University gathered April 16 for the ceremonial groundbreaking for Centennial Hall. The 362 bed student living-learning community is scheduled to open August 2014 and will be located west of the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center.

“This is an exciting day at ETBU,” said Dr. Dub Oliver, ETBU President. “Centennial Hall will meet a critical need for our campus. One of the defining characteristics of the ETBU experience is the close community we offer. That community is built on strong social interactions between and among students, faculty, and staff. Having a residence hall that facilitates such interaction will only serve to enhance and strengthen our students’ learning experience. This project, when it is completed, will help us more fully realize our mission.”

Read the full story and see a photo gallery, here.

ETBU Debate wins national awards

Thursday, March 28th, 2013
Dr. Cole Franklin, left, and Heather Deville won top awards at the  International Public Debate Championships. ETBU Department of Communication Photo

Dr. Cole Franklin, left, and Heather Deville won top awards at the International Public Debate Championships.
ETBU Department of Communication Photo

The East Texas Baptist University debate team earned top awards at the International Public Debate Association National Championship Debate Tournament March 21-24. More than 200 competitors from 23 universities competed at the three-day event held on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

Heather DeVille, ETBU senior from Tyler, won the National Championship Tournament Varsity Division Speaker Championship and Dr. Cole Franklin, coach of the ETBU team, won the Professional Division Speaker Championship. The titles mean that the competitors received more speaker points than any other competitor in their respective divisions over the course of eight preliminary rounds of debate at the tournament.

The National Championship Tournament was the final tournament of the academic year for the ETBU debate team. The squad will return to competition in September.

Read the full story, here.

Serving others on Spring Break

Thursday, March 28th, 2013
Macy Yglecias from East Texas Baptist University hands out cards for free rides to a couple on South Padre Island. Gabe Hernandez/San Antonio Express-News

Macy Yglecias from East Texas Baptist University hands out cards for free rides to a couple on South Padre Island.
Gabe Hernandez/San Antonio Express-News

Spring Break was an opportunity for many students at ETBU to use the time off to go and serve. The Great Commission Center, led by Dr. Melody Maxwell, took a group of students to East Tennessee to serve with One Accord Ministries. While in Rogersville, Tenn., students made home visits, worked in a food pantry and thrift store. Nine ETBU students joined Friendship Baptist Church of Marshall for their annual mission trip to East Saint Louis, Illinois, to work with a local church to minister to children and help with a construction project. The pastor of Friendship is Matt Paul, his wife, Kelley, is the administrative assistant to ETBU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Sherilyn Emberton.

Read the full story, here.

The ETBU Baptist Student Ministry once again served at Beach Reach on South Padre Island ministering to college students by providing free rides and pancakes. The San Antonio Express reported on the event and interviewed ETBU student Amber Smith.

To read the Express story, click here.